Tuesday, November 6, 2012

A Report from a Southern California Voter

Our polling place is the hall of a Masonic Center that is on the border of Redondo and Manhattan Beachs.  Their side of the street is Manhattan; the other side is Redondo.  Once inside, we were directed to the yellow table; they to the red table.

We got the last parking space in the lot.  We did the formalities and had to stand for a couple of minutes before a booth opened up.  This was at 9:35 a.m., well after most people (that have jobs) are at work. 

The poll workers said this was the biggest voter turn-out they collectively could recall.  One woman said that people were lined up into the parking lot at 7 a.m. when our polls officially open.  They close at 7 p.m.  This is extraordinary because voters here are notorious for not showing up.  We have often been the only customers of the moment and the poll workers have had to put down their knitting, magazine or crossword puzzle to serve us. 

Everyone was in a good, but serious mood.  We had one first-time voter and he got cheered. 

                                             The die has been cast - hic jacet est. 

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